View Full Version : Kimber vs Springfield 1911 45ACP

06-14-2010, 9:08 AM
Looking at both Springfield Loaded 1911 A1 SS and Kimber 1911 Custom II SS

Would like feedback on both handguns

Build quality, ease of use, customer service

Black Majik
06-14-2010, 9:13 AM
These two are the most compared 1911s on the internet.

I'll give a quick cliffnotes version.

Springfield vs Kimber:
No firing pin block vs. Swartz Safety
ILS in MSH vs nothing
Better trigger in Kimber
Better fit in Kimber (subjective)
2 pc FLGR vs 1 pc FLGR (slight advantage to Kimber, toss both out for GI short rod and plug)
Springfield has better customer service

FWIW, in this case, a search would really help you understand the differences. Also consider the Smith and Wesson 1911PD, Dan Wesson PM7, and Colt XSE.

Good luck.

06-14-2010, 9:19 AM
The tolerances in a Kimber is slightly tighter than a Springfield loaded. I've noticed that the slide on a Springfield has some wobble to it that my Kimber doesn't have.

06-14-2010, 9:33 AM
Just get both. :)

06-14-2010, 10:32 AM
Get a Sig GSR

06-14-2010, 11:52 AM
Just thought I would add that the Springfield Armory ILS is a California approved safety device. I know at least the older loaded models had real Novak sights. Try to handle both before you buy.

06-14-2010, 2:40 PM
I have both the SA Loaded and a DW PM-7. My Loaded has a reasonably tight slide to frame fit and is extremely reliable. Accuracy is terrific for the price. See shooting comparison of SA to DW at 25 yards.

I believe the SA Loaded is around $750 to $850. The DW is closer to $1,100. Big difference is price. The more you pay the more finished the gun will be - in general terms.

06-14-2010, 2:52 PM
This topic has been beaten to death before. I was in the same boat like you before choosing my Loaded.
Bottom line: both guns are great, I just went with SA because of their customer service (like Richard had mention above).
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06-14-2010, 5:44 PM
I'll keep an eye open for this Thread. My dad was looking at these two pistols, so I'll tell him the comments. But I don't think you can go wrong with either one.

NorCal E
06-14-2010, 9:43 PM
glad i didnt start a new post, good info...hopefully more to come!

06-14-2010, 9:48 PM
Springer... unless you can get your hands on a series 1 Kimber... The Kimber's aren't what they were.

try these forums

Both are full of respected people within the industry...especially when it comes to the 1911.

06-15-2010, 12:11 AM
I had three SA at one time. Sold all three. I now have Kimbers and would never go back to SA.

I will also say this. It's like comparing Ford to Chevy. Some like them, some don't. Buy what's comfortable to you.


06-15-2010, 5:43 AM
I have a Kimber Eclipse so of course I will say Kimber. I have shot both Springers and Kimbers and just prefer Kimbers. Also the looks of the Eclipse series is second to none IMO.

sd joe
06-15-2010, 7:04 PM
I have an SA Trophy Match and it is a nice gun. SA has great customer service, which I found out when my front sight snapped off while shooting. That being said, my CZ 97B shoots circles around it and the CZ is stock and cost half the price.